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August 17, 2017

Quit Smoking the Easy Way Part 1

xsmokingI am happy to report that last January marks 4 years since I last smoked a cigarette. An accomplishment I am very proud of and I am going to share with others who are attempting to quit smoking but struggling with the task. So if you are a non-smoker you might move on to another site, but then again you might wish to share this site to someone you know that is attempting to quit smoking.
I found that when I decided to quit, created the intention to quit smoking, and focused on the task at hand the solutions came my way quickly.

I was smoking one pack a day at the time, and I was going though a severe chest cold which seemed to a fairly regular event at back then. I also had been smoking for over five decades, yes folks, more than fifty years without ever seriously attempting to quit. So here is my solution to quitting which turned out to be easier than expected.

First I met a doctor that had organized a group of folks that under her supervision had quit smoking using a medication named Wellbutrin. The instructions were one pill a day for three days and then start with two pills a day and continue to smoke. When the third day arrived I had already cut down from 20 to 15 cigarettes a day. I found that I had a reaction to taking the second pill and the doctor said to just stay with the one a day. Within 10 days I was at 3 cigarettes a day and seemed to get stuck at three.

Then one day I was on my Facebook page when I saw a symbol on the right side that was a cigarette with a red crossed “X” over it. I stared at the symbol because I never click on those “pages you need to visit” symbols, but I went with a gut feeling and clicked on it. I then went to a page about quitting smoking by Alan Carr and it led me to a PDF download of a book named “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” written by Alan Carr in 1985. I downloaded the file and read the book in one sitting. I have not smoked a cigarette since completing the book. (Thank you Allen)

Click here for a link to the Quit smoking site PDF File

What this book did for me was to point out that all the thoughts about why I liked smoking or why that cigarette with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning tasted so good, or yeah there is a chance of getting cancer, but not me, etc. The answer is those thoughts are coming from your ADDICTION! Yes your addiction is pointing out how much you enjoy smoking and how special you are for smoking without any issues and of course you are so special that cancer is not an option.

So the actual quitting was easy. I found the tough part was about 2-3 weeks later when I felt an urge for a cigarette when a situation occurred that when I was smoking, would smoke a cigarette. I have talked with other people who said this was the part that when they felt some stress, they automatically went back to smoking thinking they would attempt to quit at a later date. My though was “I did not quit smoking to go right back to it!” So what I did was I immediately noticed the situation that was causing the urge and then stopped what I was doing. I sat down and started a simple meditation where I focused on my in and out breath knowing that the urge would pass in about 20 seconds. Sure enough, it did and the next time the same situation came up the urge was non-existent. I did this ever time I had the smoking urge and eventually it was a rare event.

These days focusing on your breathing during a meditation is called “Mindfulness Meditation” and classes on how to do Mindfulness Mediation are being offered by most hospitals across the country (For a fee). If you are luck enough to live in or near Redwood City California the Insight Meditation Center offers classes for free (Donations are accepted). Check their web site for more information

Click here for a link to Insight Meditation Center Redwood City California

If you are interested in on-line classes here is a link to the Google Mindfulness online course, yes folks, Goggle has a course on mindfulness and from what we understand they support their employees in using this method to meditate. You even get a certificate when you complete the course.

Click here for Google Link

We have nothing else to talk about at this time, but we invite you to post a comment if you would like more information or have a question or two. Be sure to include your email address and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as we can. Also if you don’t want your comment made public, please include a “NOT”.

NOTHING is better than a smoke free environment!”

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January 23, 2017

Lincare – Respiratory Specialists – Consumer Alert

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 4:02 pm
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lincarelogoOne of the things that really “bugs” me is when a medical facility takes advantage of a patient looking to them for their help.  We have a list of issues and we are starting with this one today because even though it’s about one person’s issue, it might help others going through the same thing.

I have a sister that lives in Sedona AZ and she has a pulmonary issue that requires her being on oxygen.  A year and a half ago her doctor (Mayo Clinic PHX) put her in contact with Lincare so she could get a portable oxygen unit.  All the approvals have been done and Lincare sent a concentrator to her home for her to use while she waits for the portable unit to arrive.  They said about 6 weeks.  They said 6 weeks ONE and ONE HALF years ago.  Just today my sister talked with Dan, a District Manager and he said 6 weeks.  I asked, “Why don’t you go somewhere else?” Get this folks, when she signed up ONE and ONE HALF years ago they locked he into a 5 year contract.  This is supposed to protect her against them cancelling, but to me it looks like a really nice medical scam, which probably should be brought up to the MEDICARE folks.  If they are billing MEDICARE for the portable unit and not delivering, then the FEDS might want to talk with Dan and / or probably some higher up the corporate ladder.  (Lincare is billing MEDICARE monthly)

I told her to call a lawyer and maybe this will light a fire under their butt to get it done.  The biggest problem for my sister is the concentrator is too heavy to lug around and she will be traveling abroad soon and only the portable unit can be taken on an airplane.  She told Dan about this and he stuck with the 6 weeks anyway.

So we are reaching out to any of you out there in cyberland to take a few minutes and email the Lincare Media Department and see if they can help my sister out?

Lincare media dept email address:             < Click here for email address >

They might want a name, but how many Lincare customers live in Sedona AZ?  If there is more than one then they have a bigger problem than being reported here.

Please do mention this post if you choose.  We will be following up on this in the coming weeks or as long as it takes to get resolution.

Licacare Web Site Address:                     < Click here for Lincare web site >

Note that they have a mission statement and you might ask when they intend on living up to the mission statement?

If you are you are a lawyer that knows how to resolve this issue, please take a few minutes and post a comment with your name and phone number of email where you can be reached.

We have nothing else to report at this time except to say that the Uber Journal series will be updated later this week.

 Namaste

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